Registration Open for Virtual State Junior Conservation Camp


​​CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 17, 2021) – For the second consecutive year, West Virginia’s annual State Junior Conservation Camp will be presented virtually.

Typically, the five-day, overnight camp for 11- to 14-year-olds is staged at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, both the 2020 and 2021 in-person camps were canceled. This year’s virtual camp is scheduled for June 24-25 and will feature live, interactive presentations on topics such as West Virginia wildlife, fireflies, birds, up-cycling, mountain biking, campfire safety and much more. There will even be an appearance from Smokey Bear.

The camp is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and instructors will include staff from the WVDEP, as well as from the state divisions of Natural Resources and Forestry.

There is no cost to campers, but registration is required. And, while presentations will be geared toward the 11-14 age range, anyone can sign-up. To register, follow this link: or visit the WVDEP Facebook page.

Youth who participate in at least six of the camp sessions across the two days will receive a T-shirt and completion certificate.
For those unable to attend the camp live, all presentations will be recorded and made available on the WVDEP web site and YouTube channel “Environment Matters.”
For more WVDEP news and information, go to Also, connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter, Like us on Facebook at, and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.”
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Terry Fletcher
304-926-0499 ext. 49720